A community project backed by Jeremy Corbyn has received a charitable grant to provide tea and dancing to elderly residents.

Healthy Generations based in Manor Gardens, Islington, was awarded £4,990 from Clarion Futures, a charity foundation part of Clarion Housing Group.

Thanks to the grant, Healthy Generations can now expand their programme across the country, including at Maya Angelou Court in Chingford.

Matt Parsonage, head of communities at Clarion Futures, said: “Clarion Futures is delighted to be supporting the tea and dancing project.

“We’re passionate about supporting the wellbeing of all our residents and the combination of tea and dancing is a popular one!"

The tea and dancing sessions aim to prevent isolation amongst the older generation whilst improving people’s health and wellbeing.

The project was a huge success in 2018, attracting several people aged into their 90s to take part.

Clarion Futures runs a £250,000 programme helping residents to run local projects across the UK, managed by community charity, Groundwork.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork, said: “The funding will not only help to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, but as a result will also help to bring the wider community together for an enjoyable cause.”

Peter Crockett, co-ordinator at Healthy Generations, said: “Dancing is an easy form of exercise that appeals to people of all ages and we’re excited to be expanding the programme for 2019. We are very grateful for the support from Clarion Futures in making this happen again.”

The tea and dancing sessions will run from February until July this year.

For further information visit healthygenerations.org.uk.